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Kenya's Robert Cheruiyot Wins 107th Boston Marathon - 2003-04-21


Robert Cheruiyot has continued Kenya's dominance in the Boston Marathon by winning the 107th running of the world's oldest annual 42-kilometer footrace in two hours, 10 minutes and 11 seconds. Another Kenyan, Benjamin Kosgei Kimutai, was second, 23 seconds back.

This is the 12th time in the last 13 years that a Kenyan runner has captured the men's title. Only Bong-Ju Lee of South Korea interrupted the streak in 2001. Kenyans swept the top five positions Monday.

Meanwhile, Russian women finished in the top two places for the first time in Boston Marathon history. Svetlana Zakharova won the women's race (Monday) in a time of two hours, 25 minutes and 20 seconds. Lyubov Denisova followed one minute, 31 seconds behind (2:26:51).

Two Kenyans, Joyce Chepchumba and defending women's champion Margaret Okayo, finished third and fourth, respectively. Chepchumba, the 2002 New York City Marathon Champion, crossed the line in two hours, 27 minutes and 20 seconds. Okayo clocked two hours, 27 minutes, 39 seconds.

A field of about 17-thousand-500 began the race under sunny skies with a temperature of 21 degrees celsius at the start.

Ernst Van Dyke of South Africa won his third consecutive men's wheelchair category title, clocking one hour, 28 minutes and 32 seconds. Christina Ripp of the United States took the women's division in one hour, 54 minutes and 47 seconds.

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